Decrypt a date stored in a MySQL varchar

Posted on 2004-10-15
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Hi all,

I currently use postNuke and its module pnCommerce, and in a MySQL (MyISAM) table, some dates are stored in varchar(100) columns.

Therefore I have values such as :
- 1081977682
- 1086186475

As you can see, it is difficult to understand.

Do you know a method to translate in a "readable" format ?

Question by:Richard Coffre
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They are just unix timestamps so you can use the date function to format them. eg:

$stamp = "1081977682";
echo date("d-m-Y",$stamp);
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basically the first parameter is the format and the second is the timestamp

So within the first parameter you can build a formated date from the stamp using the format characters (as shown in the manual page). My example above will return the date in dd-mm-yyyy format, a more extended example from the manual:

echo date("l dS of F Y h:i:s A");

will return the date in a format similar to: Wednesday 15th of January 2003 05:51:38 AM

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